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A great force of Evil Knights beholden to a black magician king is holding the fortress of Endless Tears in the pine forests of Usgur. Thence they loot and burn, enslaving the free people of the kingdom, turning these gentle lands into a place of torment and despair.
The army of the great Elven warriors is the last hope of the kingdom. You are their Prince and must lead them to war. Many are sure to die, slain in the maze of the fortress, or pierced by arrows raining from its steep towers. Plan your attack well, Lord, or none will survive. You can count on the help of the green elves of the forest. They are daily being butchered by the black knights and their foul allies, and will stand and die for you. Remember that no enemy may be allowed to live. None will ask for or give mercy. Their souls have been irretrievably corrupted by their dark lord.
It is a cruel task that lays before you, Prince: death and sorrow, steel and blood. May the Shining Ones protect you. May they guide your heart, your eye and your hand.
This is a straightforward assault on the castle. Choose the difficulty level that matches your skill. You may need a few attempts to figure out the sequence and path of attack that will lead you to victory. If it is too easy even on very hard, reduce the number of crossbows and swordsmen and tell me how you do it. Caution: if your troops destroy the staircase into the fortress you cannot even begin the attack. If you want a walkthtrough to help you through the battle, consult the notes accompanying this map.
I had a lot of fun designing and playtesting this scenario. I hope you do too. Email me your attack solutions or your critiques. What do you enjoy in scenarios? What do you find dull? etc.
To all good things!